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Mississauga Shop Talk: Shopping in Mississauga

The most enjoyable part of any trip has to be shopping in a new city—finding that unique souvenir for friends and family, and a little something for you, too. Mississauga’s selection is mighty impressive and all-under-one-roof shopping reigns supreme with malls and outlets that carry the world’s best brands, innovative Canadian fashion designers, must-have products and one-of-a-kind items.

So put on your most comfy walking shoes, grab your credit cards and hit the mall!

100 City Centre Dr. (Highway 403 and Hurontario Street), 905-279-7467
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
If you have time for only one shopping trip, then make it to
Square One Shopping Centre, Ontario’s largest and most popular mall. An average of 21 million customers visit Square One each year—a testament to the retail centre’s drawing power. Square One’s 1.8 million square feet of retail space houses more than 360 stores. Four department stores anchor the shopping centre: The Bay (905-270-7600), Sears (905-270-8111), Zellers (905-273-6500) and Wal-Mart (905-270-9300). Between these four points, find a vast selection of clothing, jewellery, footwear, electronics and toy stores.

A recently completed $33-million reno and expansion divides the mall into three distinctive “neighbourhoods”: CentreWalk, CitySide and NorthSide. Colour themes and symbols—a purple tulip, an orange compass and a red clock—provide visual links to each area and make navigating the vast shopping mall easier. Transition areas between the three sections are inspired by hotel lobbies and provide comfortable rest stops with cushy seating for much-needed respite between purchasing bursts.

“Big” is the key word here: find Ontario’s largest Old Navy (905-270-4841), and the Wal-Mart here is located on two-floors covering 220,000 square feet, which means that if what you’re looking for isn’t here, it isn’t anywhere.

Fashionistas outfit themselves at Aritzia and Marciano (905-361-0881), while dapper men enhance their wardrobes at Hugo Boss (905-896-1103) and Harry Rosen (905-896-1103)—the company’s flagship store in the Greater Toronto Area. Well-heeled men and women should make foot stops at Browns Shoes (905-566-0842).

Glamour pusses will appreciate the stand-alone M.A.C. Cosmetics (905-272-0790) boutique and Sephora (905-279-4400), the candy shop equivalent for women, which carries makeup brands like Stila and Cargo. Environmentally friendly but sweet-smelling shampoos, conditioners, lotions, makeup and candles are at Aveda (905-306-7067).

Consummate hosts “ooh” and “ahh” over the beautiful table settings at Ashley China and at the decorative crystals at Swarovski (905-290-8193). For contemporary timepieces, set the right hand to Fossil (905-270-9338) and Swatch (905-270-7085). And because you can never go wrong with jewellery, Canada’s own Birks (905-275-1344) offers an abundance of gems and watches for men and women, including exclusive designs by Esty, Michele della Valle and Toni Cavelti.SHERWAY GARDENS
25 The West Mall (at Queensway East), 416-621-1070
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More than 200 haute couture stores call Sherway Gardens home, including Canada’s über department store Holt Renfrew, which carries apparel and accessories by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Prada and Michael Kors among others. Some of the country’s most renowned womenswear designers also have boutiques here, such as Ross Mayer, noted for his tailored suits in exquisite European fabrics. For the casually inclined, two French retailers rule: Lacoste and Axara (416-621-6244). Foodie emporium Williams-Sonoma and Ta-Ze (416-626-6553), which carries olive oils, vinegars and spices, are a must for gastronomes.

5100 Erin Mills Pkwy. (at Eglinton Avenue), 905-569-1981
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 160-foot-tall clock tower marks the spot for Erin Mills Town Centre, where you’ll find more than 200 stores to meet all your shopping needs. In an intimate setting, find anchor stores such as The Bay (905-820-8300), Sears (905-607-2300) and Zellers (905-828-9975), as well as the tried-and-true favourites of mall shopping: Roots (905-569-3988) and Guess? (905-569-9993). But truly distinctive are loose-leaf teas from Teaopia (905-607-2210) and the Victorian-era-inspired linens at Vintage & Memories (905-820-8880).DIXIE OUTLET MALL
1250 South Service Rd. (at Dixie Road and the QEW), 905-278-7492
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Dixie Outlet Mall is our favourite kind of shopping destination—a discount outlet mall. Dixie offers bargains galore—the 150 stores here offer discounts of 30 to 70 per cent off. Among the brand name, manufacturer and retail outlet stores you’ll find are Tabi (905-271-7143), The Royal Doulton Outlet (905-278-6100) and The Shoe Company (905-274-3861).

At Mavis Road and Britannia Road West
Hours: Most stores are open daily; call specific stores to verify hours.
Heartland Town Centre is the epicentre of big box shopping in Mississauga. There are more than 125 stores to choose from, ranging from apparel and footwear to sporting equipment and housewares. Find clubs and accessories at Golf Town (905-567-9647), fine crystal at Mikasa (905-890-0240), brand name cookware and bakeware at Golda’s Kitchen, (905-712-1475), unisex apparel at Tommy Hilfiger (905-826-9645) and elegant ladies’ fashions at Nygård (905-501-7522).—Linda Luong

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